A Florida city commissioner allegedly shot and killed a suspect shopman who tried to leave his shop was accused of…
A Florida city commissioner allegedly shot and killed a suspect shopman who tried to leave his shop was accused of his murder on Friday.
Michael Dunn, 47, a commissioner in Lakeland since January, faces a second-degree murder charge that is brought to life in prison, Ledger of Lakeland reported. He was held in the Polk County prison without any binding.
State Attorney Brian Haas, case did not suit Florida’s martial law.
“It’s my office to follow and follow the lawful earth,” he said. “However, I have determined that this case and Dunn’s actions fall outside the protection of the permanent law.”
The authorities believe that Dunn confronted Christobal Lopez, a 50-year-old homeless man, at a veterinary Army & Navy store on October 3 after suspected Lopez of shoplifting.
Lopez tried to leave the shop with a hatched stuff in his pants when Dunn confronted him, police said at the time of shooting. Surveillance video shows that Dunn grabbed Lopez and then shot him up. Lopez died later of his injuries.
Dunn’s lawyer, Rusty Franklin, said his client was self-defense.
“We will offer evidence in this case that (Dunn) was confronted by an armed shopman with an ax,” he said. “It was in the hand. A video shows just 1
0 seconds of what happened. There were other witnesses in the store. I do not know what they said to the big jury or the police, but I have conducted interviews of them and they think Michael acted in self-defense . ”
Dunn is likely to be interrupted from the office of Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the coming days, Mayor Bill Mutz said in Lakeland.